May
12
2010

Preserving our Past by Wilson Bickford


As artists, we are able to record the details of our generation for all posterity.
To prove my point, I will mention two names: George Washington and Jesus Christ. Upon reading those names, it's without question that a "visual" popped into your head, correct?

The reason is that you have a reference to these two individuals because of artists' interpretations through the centuries. There are countless examples such as these and I simply picked these two because they are so well-known. Christ has been portrayed through imagination (no one really knows what he looked like) by thousands of artists and Washington posed several times for portraitist Gilbert Stuart, among others.

Anything that is in threat of becoming obsolete or extinct can be captured by the artist as a record or reminder to future generations.
Although photography wasn't in existence back in the day and art was the sole means of documentation, we can still use our skills to this end today.
I am an animal lover and activist for their rights and I often consider the dwindling species on this planet, which may well become extinct, never to be seen again. I recently felt compelled to render this polar bear, because their habitat is diminishing. It will be a major shame should we lose these magnificent creatures.
I challenge you to paint something that may not last forever. Just do it while you still can!
Whether it's a rustic old barn, a crumbling lighthouse or an endangered animal species.
Your portrayal today can serve as a reminder for the world tomorrow.
wilsonbickford.com
May
12
2010

February Artist of the Month - Kira Ayn Varszegi

 February Jerrys Artarama Artist of the Month



Kira Ayn Varszegi - Hartford, CT

I'm a self-taught, self-representing professional artist/photographer, best known for my breast paintings and past collaborative projects with Koopa the turtle (now retired from painting.) My body of work is largely abstract and colorful with neutrals available somewhat rarely. I've been offering fine art breast paintings on eBay since 2001. I'm the first internet-based professional to treat the method as a fine art rather than a novelty/fundraiser/fetish. I enjoy working in different styles and finding new ways to get my medium onto my support. I paint with brushes, palette knives, various body parts, fruits & vegetables, and toys (wind-up, RC, etc.) Familiar mediums include oil, acrylic, tempera, gouache, enamel, crayons,cocoa, coffee, red wine, strawberries/cherries/blueberries and melted chocolate.

Much of my work is the result of experimentation with elements, heat, time, gravity, acceleration, and trial & error. My photography is varied - nature, industrial, scenic, macro, long-exposure, B&W, abstract, tasteful self-portraiture, candid, low-light, and sometimes digitally manipulated. A varied, complementary palette and well-balanced composition are essential to me, whether on canvas or in a photograph.

My inspiration doesn't come from other other art or artists. Imitation is NOT "the sincerest form of flattery" when self-proclaimed "artists" constantly steal your ideas. Violations of intellectual property hurt real artists and mislead potential collectors. The human mind is a constantly-evolving source of infinite creative possibilities. Unique ideas/execution, honesty, perseverance, a dash of insanity, and/or technical skill are what define a true artist to me.

I'll wander into gray areas, offend a few people, make mistakes, learn from them, doubt myself & master obscurity out of a mutual fear of failure and success. I'll continue to create from my heart, evolve, experiment, challenge myself, be charitable, and strive to experience a sense of accomplishment that can only be achieved by following my dreams.

Aside from art, I'm a freshwater fishing addict who aspires to become a fully-sponsored Bassmaster one day. I'm also a fan of baseball, science, cryptograms, my husband, geek culture, bacon, Hitchcock movies, skepticism & console gaming (mainly the FPS and puzzle genres.) Currently I'm playing Modern Warfare on PS3 and Modern Warfare 2 on XBL - my GT is TurtleKiss on both systems. :-)

Attached are 5 of my original breast paintings ("New Hope" series - created using only my breasts) and 5 other assorted paintings - all created without the use of a brush.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Kira Ayn Varszegi






May
12
2010

Help! I'm Stuck! by Jeanne Bessette


O.k. let's face it. We all get stuck. It's panic time and we feel like we will never make another worthy piece of art as long as we live. Or even worse, we insist on working in this energy and every piece we touch turns to garbage. It can sometimes go on for days, weeks even.

"Seriously?"

Even the most successful artists have blocks...just can't move.
Sigh. What to do what to do...clean the studio? Stare at the canvas? Make mud?
Do nothing...at least at first. Take a deep breath. The times that we can't seem to be creative are just nature's way of making you rejuvenate. Your creative juices have not dried up, they are refilling. Compare it to driving across the country and expecting your car to make the whole trip without refilling the tank. It's not possible.


So...breathe, forgive yourself, drink water, go for a run, buy new golf shoes, take a bath, whatever it takes to relax...once you calm your nerves and you find your center, you can make a plan and reenter the studio. Here are just a few ideas when you get there.

Maybe you need some new intentions to get the paint flowing again. Try painting funky words like constipation or trapped. What colors would you use? Would the painting have tension? What does tension look like? Use only one color and black and white to create a monochromatic painting. Turn it upside down. Paint some more. Paint with only your fingers. Feel the oozy juicy paint squish on your skin. Feel the roughness of the canvas. Are you getting the idea? Play!!!! With paint!!!!

The idea is to not be so serious. You are refilling your creative tank. You are PLAYING. We forget to play and that is where creativity lives and breathes.
Paint to one song; create a painting that tells the story of the song. Play it again, paint some more. Don't take yourself so seriously. Laugh at your art. Make a goofy painting just for fun that no one will look at. Create a painting imagining you are a five year old. Five-year-olds make beautiful paintings because they play. They paint outside the lines and color skies pink. They dance and sing.
Cut out words from a magazine and paste them on the canvas. Create a message. Now paint the message. Paint outside. Breathe the fresh air (reserved for warmer weather).
Whatever you do, do not try to make a great painting. Just paint for the fun of painting.

So...next time you are blocked, stuck or in a funk...PLAY PLAY PLAY...
Next thing you know, you'll be creating again and you never saw it coming. I promise.
See you in the studio!

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